Lose The Training Wheels helps children find balance two wheels at a time

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This is the first time the camp will be held in eastern Oregon. Hermiston mother Cindy Middleton enrolled her son, Rian, in the Lose the Training Wheels program in Longview, Wash., which was the closest program site she could find. After a Rian’s positive experience with the program in Washington, Middleton worked with Brian Schimel, Rian’s principal at Highland Hills Elementary School in Hermiston, and the IMESD, which provides special education services to school districts, to bring the program to Hermiston.

“I was not sure what to expect from the LTTW program and Rian's experience,” Middleton said. “We were simply looking for a bike riding opportunity that would address his challenges. During camp, I would watch Rian and other riders and think of the many friends in eastern Oregon who would be able to participate in such a program. Learning to ride his bike not only created another chance for family fun, but has given Rian lifelong transportation, independence, and confidence.”

To be eligible to enroll, participants must be at least 8 years old. Participating children must have a disability, but be able to walk without an assistive device such as a walker or cane. Participants must be able to side-step quickly to both sides. Participants must have a minimum inseam measurement of 20 inches and weigh no more than 220 pounds. All participants must wear a properly-fitted bike helmet at all times when on the bicycles. Participants will be most successful if willing to follow instructions and have a desire to ride a bicycle.

Cost of the camp is $125. To learn more about Lose the Training Wheels™ or to register, please click here.